Next Saturday, October 14th at 7:30am in preparation for the marathon we will be hosting our annual Shakeout Run/Walk for the Columbus Marathon! Meet us on the north end of the Hyatt at Nationwide and High in the bus turnaround adjacent to the coffee shop. Following the shakeout, grab a cup of coffee and a quick bite at the coffee shop and be the first in line to get into the expo so you can get in, get out and head home to rest up!
During the shakeout run, as a group we will head to the Celebration to show you where we will celebrate following your race. We will show your where you will enter the corrals. We will check out the start line. We will then run/walk up to High St before heading back to the hotel to get into the expo.
Shakeout runs the day before a big race are fun and relaxing and they help settle the nerves. You want to feel your legs light and loose, you want to talk and laugh and breathe easy and marvel at your conditioning. Because tomorrow you are going to excel.
Equally important are the physiological benefits. Firing up your neurotransmitters before the big day will make those first couple miles of the race feel less abrasive. Stimulating your nervous system allows your brain to increase the efficiency in which your muscle fibers fire. A short run or walk before race day also helps improve blood flow so that on race day your body is firing on all cylinders. Increased blood flow will help deliver the nutrients and oxygen needed to continue pushing our bodies.
Essentially, a shake out run serves as a means of warming the body up for race day instead of using those first 2-3 miles of the race. Keeping the run short will prevent you from depleting glycogen stores, will not fatigue the body, and will help you feel fresh as a spring chicken on race morning.